One out of eight Americans have some level of hearing loss, much of it caused by extended exposure to overly loud noises, whether it be on the job, listening to loud music, or even watching television too loudly. After continued exposure to loud noises, the overworked hair cells in the ear get exhausted, and even start to die from overuse.

There is another disease of exhaustion of a portion of the body, which is insulin resistance — the governmental agency known as National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that 40% of adults have insulin resistance, which you may know is how type 2 diabetes starts. In fact, almost 12% of Americans have full-blown diabetes. This is due to overuse of insulin in the body, where it gets exhausted from responding to the hormone because it keeps being needed due to chronically excessive sugar levels. In both these cases, overuse of a process leads to reduced function.

What do people with hearing loss do? Usually they turn up the volume or move closer to the speaker to hear better. How about the diabetic or pre-diabetic? They may start taking supplemental insulin to overcome the resistance, pushing the process even harder. Generally, the conventional answer to compensating for a failing process is to do even more of what is causing the exhaustion. In the long term, this only makes the problem worse.

Warriors
These are relatively simple examples compared with what happens in the immune system, which has many components and doesn’t revolve around any one organ. Much of your immune system consists of cells which are “licensed to kill.” Their job is to protect you from anything that should not be in your body, and they do that by breaking and destroying. They are trained in warfare. They get called into service when there is trouble. How do they know there is trouble? Through signaling: receptors on immune system cells get a biochemical signal from the outside which directs them.

Killer T cells are key to fighting invader cells. They can even recognize cancer cells as foreign, even though they come from your own body and are your cells, because the genetic expression that drives those cancer cells to act cancerous is also changing the proteins on the surface of the cells. These act as signaling proteins (called antigens) to the immune system. Because cancer cells are your cells, they are less obvious than outside invaders, but they still can be recognized due to these proteins. The T cells need to be at the top of their game to look for and catch these cancer cell signals.

The signal core
Stress is also expressed to your body through signals. Your whole body has a nervous system which is used to regulate your metabolic functions, and it also signals T cells. Stress, in the body’s language, means pressure is being applied to make changes in the way your cells respond to their environment, because stress becomes part of your body’s internal environment. It’s all about signals. Stress is telling your immune system that there is trouble in your body — it makes them stand at attention, ready to act. They are getting ready for the possible fight that may occur, since “fight or flight”, which could also be called a “red alert”, means they may soon have a flood of dangerous invaders to manage. Stress doesn’t give the killer cells a specific target to attack, but it tells them to get ready.

Have you ever heard of the fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf?” In this story, a boy keeps yelling out that there is a dangerous wolf nearby when he wants attention. At first, those around him react to try to find and stop the wolf, but eventually they catch on that the boy is lying just to get attention. Then the boy comes across a real wolf, and yells out for help. No one responds, because they figure the boy is up to his old tricks. Chronic stress is a lot like that for your body: it is constant wolf cry to your cells, and eventually they get tired of the alarms going off and ignore them.

Now hear this
When this happens to your T cells, they actually change their genetic expression in a way which is like someone hard of hearing, by getting closer to the nerves sending the signals to “hear” them better; and also similar to the diabetic, where cells need stronger signals to force them to pay attention because they are getting tired of responding. The T cells gather around the nerve cells that are feeding them the stress signals, and at the same time act like they are tired of responding to the signals they are receiving. The net result is that these “exhausted” cells are gathering near the nerve cells and then getting sluggish in responding to cancer cells.

You can probably see where this is leading. Chronic stress opens the door wide for cancer to get started, and once you get a cancer diagnosis, your stress goes through the roof and adds fuel to the fire. Researchers are aware of this, and they have looked for ways to restore T cells to their normal, active, and vigorous state. One study verified that blocking the effects of stress is effective in making the T cells better cancer fighters. Published in Nature, researchers from the Salk Institute conducted an animal study where they inhibited the impact of stress on the T cells in two ways: they shut down the T cell receptors that receive the stress signals, and they used a class of drugs called “beta blockers” to neutralize the downstream transmission of stress signals by suppressing the stress hormone production. Specifically, they were looking at both canceling the ADRB-1 T cell receptor which receives the noradrenaline stress hormone, and using the beta blockers to block the release of the adrenaline and noradrenaline stress hormones.

They got encouraging results: freed from the chronic stress signals, the T cells restored their vibrancy and no longer acted exhausted. They were better at attacking cancer. So is there anything wrong with using artificial means to de-stress the T cells? Yes, there are lots of problems. ADRB-1 (beta-1 adrenergic receptor or ?1-adrenergic receptor) affects how cells respond to the sympathetic nervous system, and according to a review study published in Neuron, damaged ADRB-1 genes result in poor sleep quality. That alone can be very health damaging, as good sleep is required for the body to rebuild itself daily. ADRB-1 also affects heart rate and hypertension. So blocking ADRB-1 is going to cause nasty side effects. Beta blockers also have bad side effects: a general sick feeling, trouble sleeping or sleep filled with nightmares, poor blood supply to extremities, and feeling tired, dizzy, or lightheaded. They can cause asthma attacks. These beta blocker effects are outlined in a review article published in Medicina, along with potential for hallucinations, delirium, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other potential symptoms. Drugs come with a cost, and beta-blockers have many side effects as do other drugs.

Doing what comes naturally…
There is a third option, but understandably it is harder to do in a laboratory than direct stress hormone blocking. That option is reducing chronic stress. Stress is causing the T cell exhaustion, so restoring proper stress/rest balance prevents the T cell exhaustion without side effects. Your body has two opposing nervous system modes: you have one central nervous system which is either operating in sympathetic (fight or flight) or parasympathetic (rest, relax) mode. You can’t operate in a healthy manner if stuck in one mode or the other: you either won’t react to emergencies or problems that properly need a quick response, or you will be stressed out, unable to rest and turn off the stress. You are meant to shift between these modes and not stay stuck in either. Usually, with the chronic stress of our society, people get stuck in the fight or flight mode and are considered “sympathetic dominant.”

You can’t force this balance, but you can work on it. At least attempt to get enough sleep nightly — if you are too pressed for time and sleep suffers, your health also suffers. Exercise clearly helps this balance, because you are giving the stress a physical outlet, building up your body, and you are more tired and ready to sleep at night. Diet — the most overlooked factor — is helpful in many ways: not stuffing stressful and inflammatory foods into your system, and giving your immune system less toxins — which are seen as foreign invaders — to deal with. Diet can feed or starve your immune system, your nervous system, and your brain of the nutrients they need to operate normally.

Then there are the subconscious thoughts that are running through your brain and constantly adding stress. Dealing with those are of utmost importance. Even when you handle all the physical factors, those thoughts can be sitting under the surface of your conscious thoughts and undermining your efforts to build your health. They are great fuel for chronic stress.

Don’t accept artificial means to stop immune system exhaustion, or dealing with any overtaxed system for that matter. The drugs will have some impact, but the cost is high — too high for anyone who really desires health and not band-aids.

 

Dr. Nemec’s Review

What is stress? We could spend the whole year discussing this topic, but to keep it simple we will look at two general stress categories: physical stress, and mental-emotional stress.

Physical stressors
These are physical substances, or activities that are causing a reaction in your body. These include what you eat, what you drink, what you breathe, how you move, and how you sleep.

Mental-emotional stressors
These carry the greatest impact of all because the mind controls the body primarily. We think we received a diagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening disease because we ate wrong. This is definitely a contributing factor, but the mind-brain connection is what produces the majority of the signalling molecules, neurotransmitters, and hormones. And these signaling molecules, neurotransmitters, and hormones tell the cells of the body what to do.

One of the most important revelations you will receive
Look at everything in your life that is physical: the air, the water, the food, the drink, the sleep, the exercise — everything you do in the physical realm has a one fold or 1 X positive or negative impact.

Now look at everything in your life that is mental and emotional. These are your thoughts, your perceptions, your belief systems, your attitudes, your personality, your subconscious and conscious programming. All this is ten fold, or 10 X, positive or negative.

With this said, what is more detrimental to your overall health and longevity — your diet or your subconscious programming? Your exercise or your conscious programming? Your sleep or your perceptions of the world around you?

Are you starting to see the big picture? Disease does not come from the one fold alone. Mind-brain-emotion balance controls the tenfold response, and this can be tenfold positive or this can be tenfold negative.

The power of positive thinking
I’m sure you’ve heard of many people telling you the power of positive thinking. On one side, positive thinking is better than negative thinking, but they’re both stressful to the cells of your body for one reason: they oscillate from one to another. Let us give you an example. Let’s say you just had the best vacation you’ve ever had. You enjoyed it so much you want to move there and live there the rest of your life. You felt so peaceful, so happy — it was a wonderful time all the way up to the last few days of the vacation. Why were the last few days not as good as the first few days? Because in your mind, your subconscious and conscious mind, you were already in the future and calculating the days of this enjoyment are coming to an end — that is when the stress begins. Although it was such a wonderful vacation, you realize in your mind it is going to end. Because of that, the stress starts to rise.

So anything positive in life has negative attached to it: good has bad attached to it, health has sickness attached to it, and happy has sad attached to it.

So how do you minimize your stress mentally-emotionally?
You must start where the stress began, and it began the same place in every person on the planet. It started ages zero through six. At this age your brain was in a hyper-learning state and you had no conscious filter developed, so all information went in like a sponge. Unfortunately most everyone one had a mentally and emotionally toxic influence during these formative years, whether from mother, father, sister, brother, relatives, friends, neighbors, or babysitters. Whoever it was, this mental-emotional imbalance was unfortunately downloaded into your super-learning brain and nervous system, and this produced your perceptions, your belief systems, your attitude. Your very personality was all established because of the environment you were in.

So how do I minimize the mental-emotional stress now?
You must go to the source: you must have a way to analyze your brain for the subconscious stress programs, and not only that, you must have a way to release them and then analyze to make sure they’re gone. This is the only way — there is no other.

This is what we’ve been doing for 40 years at Revolution New Medicine with our mind-brain-body research. It is transformational when you release the subconscious stress programs, because these are the root of all disease: from cancer to Alzheimer’s, to diabetes, to neurological disease, to gastrointestinal disease, to hormonal imbalance, and also most every mental-emotional dysfunction.

If you change your mind and brain, you change your body and you change your health — so you change your life. If you do not rid yourself of this subconscious stress programming, you maintain a high level of stress molecules secreted in your body continually — there is no way to balance your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system with a 24 hour, seven day a week, never ending subconscious stressor. Remember mind-brain-emotion is the major influencer of your health — it is the tenfold — either positive or negative — so you choose to heal the source of your symptom, condition, or disease. Remember all the physical added up doesn’t compare to the power of the mental-emotional influence on the cells of your body.

So if you want the ideal immune system — strong activated natural killer cells and T cells in general — you must balance sympathetic and parasympathetic stress. This can only be done sufficiently if it is done from the mind-brain-emotion response being balanced and finalized with the physical stressors being reduced.

As a man thinks in his mind and/or his heart, spirit, so is he on the physical level.

 

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